2014 NFL Week 9 - Eagles vs. Texans Betting Odds Preview

Line: Eagles -2

Philadelphia and Houston face off in Texas on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles have quietly had a fantastic season getting off to a 5-2 record. They are known for the quick pace offense under second year coach Chip Kelly and while the offense has certainly been productive, it has not been lighting up the scoreboard on a weekly basis. They average about 400 yards a game, which is solid, but not the main reason behind their strong start. The Eagles strength has been their defense, which has made improvements in multiple areas from last season. The defense did however have a big let down vs. the Cardinals last week that resulted in a 75 yard touchdown pass and a 4 point lead for Arizona with a little over a minute left. Quarterback Nick Foles led the team all the way down to the Cardinals 16 yard line and Foles lofted a pass to Jordan Matthews in the end zone for the win, however his feet came down out of bounds after the catch and the game ended in a tough loss for the Eagles. It was a good sign for the Eagles that LeSean McCoy averaged 4 yards a carry with his 21 carries for 83 yards, they are going to need him to put up some big rushing numbers to keep defenses honest. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin had a tremendous game with 12 catches for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is proving to be a true number one receiver. The Texans got a much-needed win over the Titans last week to bring their record to 4-4. Prior to that they had a bad 3 game losing streak. The success of the offense cannot fall on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick because that is not the type of quarterback that he is. He is a game manager that can move the team down the field and wont make many mistakes. This team will live and die with the success and health of running back Arian Foster who had 20 carries for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win.

The Eagles will need to stop turning the ball over if they want to be a serious contender in the NFC. They will be facing the leagues most dangerous pass rush and the leagues most dominant defensive player in J.J Watt. Foles has thrown 7 interceptions in the last 4 games and will need to better manage the game against an aggressive Texan front. They hope to get running back Darren Sproles as well as lineman Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans back in the lineup after injuries.

The Texans need to come up with a win and get their record over 500. They will rely on a balanced offense and a strong defesne. The defense will be even stronger if linebacker Brian Cushing can return from injury. The team should look to get veteran receiver Andre Johnson more involved. He has only one touchdown this season and his targets are way down.

Pick: Eagles -2

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